On July 23, the Trump Administration announced its latest attempt to take food away from over 3 million Americans in need by proposing to effectively eliminate a long standing and widely used state option that has existed within the SNAP program (called 3SquaresVT here in Vermont) for over 20 years. This option, called ‘broad-based categorical eligibility,’ allows Vermont, along with 42 other states, to expand access to 3SquaresVT for vulnerable low-income Vermonters (including working families, children, older adults, and people with disabilities).

If enacted, this rule could cut 3.1 million Americans and over 13,000 Vermonters off from crucial benefits that allow them to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families.


There is still time to fight this proposal, but we need your help. Please (1) submit a public comment opposing this change to 3SquaresVT by September 23rd, and (2) encourage others to do the same. Together, we can fight this cruel and unnecessary proposal and show that Vermonters believe in supporting our neighbors during times of need so that they can move toward financial stability.

  1. Submit comments by September 23rd. Public comments can come from organizations as well as individuals - please consider submitting comments on behalf of any organizations/coalitions/agencies you represent, as well as on your own behalf. More comments means it will be harder for this rule to go into effect. We have two templates to help get you started; we ask that you use these as a guide for crafting your comments. Be sure to modify the language to reflect your own thoughts and experiences so that each submitted comment counts as a unique comment.

  2. Encourage others to do the same! Use these resources to help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues - we need as many Vermont comments as possible!

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For more information on the proposed rule, reach out to Drake Turner, Food Security Advocacy Manager at Hunger Free Vermont at (802) 231-0394 or dturner@hungerfreevt.org